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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Shahab 3 Launch
Shahab 3 Launch

IRAN has built a new longer-range missile named "Ashura"

Iran builds longer-range missile - reports
From correspondents in Tehran
November 27, 2007 05:33pm

IRAN has built a new longer-range missile named "Ashura" with a range of 2000km, the defence minister announced today, the Fars news agency reported.

"The construction of the Ashura missile with a range of 2000km is one of the accomplishments of the ministry of defence," Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying.

The weapon's range is sufficient to put US bases in the Middle East and Iran's arch enemy Israel within reach. The missile is named after the holy Ashura mourning ceremony that marks the death of Shi'ite imam Hossein

Iran in September unveiled a missile labelled Ghadr-1 (Power), which was said to have a range of 1800km .

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22831173-5005961,00.html

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Iran Missile Test

 

 

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Iran builds new longer-range missile
5 hours ago

TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran on Tuesday announced it has built a new missile with a range sufficient to put Israel and US bases in the Middle East within easy reach, amid rising tensions over Tehran's contested nuclear drive.

Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the new "Ashura" missile had a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) -- the farthest in Iran's arsenal -- state media reported.

"The construction of the Ashura missile with a range of 2,000 kilometres is one of the accomplishments of the ministry of defence," Iranian news agencies quoted Najjar as saying.

"The missiles are being made in line with Iran's deterrent and defence doctrine," he added.

However there has been considerable confusion in recent months about the capacities of Iran's longer-range missiles, seen by experts as one of its chief military assets.

Iran in September at its main military parade unveiled a missile labelled Ghadr-1 (Power), which was said to have a range of 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles).

The country's best-known longer-range missile, the Shahab-3, has been said by officials in the past to have a range of 2,000 kilometres. Yet at the military parade it was said to have only a 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) range.

Some Western military experts claimed that the Ghadr-1 was no more than a Shahab-3 under a different name. It has the "baby bottle" style nose for extra aerodynamic efficiency seen on versions of the Shahab-3.

The agencies did not publish any pictures of the new Ashura missile, which is named after the holy mourning ceremony marking the death of Shiite imam Hossein.

Najjar added to the confusion on Tuesday by saying that Iran was developing Ghadr missiles that would also have a range of 2,000 kilometres.

Iran has regularly touted the abilities of its missile arsenal at a time of mounting tension with the West over its nuclear programme.

The defence minister also announced that Iran had developed a new submarine named "Ghadir" after another holy day and a destroyer called "Moj" (wave), without giving further details.

The United States has never ruled out a military attack against Iran to punish its years of defiance in the nuclear crisis, even though Washington says it favours solving the standoff though diplomacy.

The Islamic republic has said it will never initiate any attack but has also warned it will strike back with crushing force if the United States launches an assault.

Iranian military officials have publicly threatened to hit US bases in Iraq, Afghanistan and on the Arabian peninsula with their missiles if Washington attacks.

"Iran will never launch an attack but if Iran is attacked we will respond with all our force against aggressors," Najjar was quoted by saying.

The United States accuses Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon, a charge that Tehran vehemently denies.

It has also vowed never to recognise Israel -- the region's sole if undeclared nuclear power -- and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the Jewish state to be "wiped from the map."

Iran is one of the few regional powers absent from a US-hosted meeting in Annapolis, Maryland that aims to kick-start peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Iranian officials have expressed frustration that states such as Saudi Arabia and its ally Syria are attending the meeting.

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Iran unveils long-range missile
Mark Tran and agencies
Tuesday November 27, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

 
General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, the Iranian defence minister. Photograph: Sajjad Safari/AP
 
Iran has built a new long-range missile that can reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East, its defence minister said today.

General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, whose comments were carried by the Fars news agency, said the Ashoura missile had a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles).

He did not say whether Iran had test fired the missile or had plans to do so. He also failed to reveal how the new missile differed from the Shahab-3, or shooting star, which has a range of at least 1,300km.

In 2005, Iran said it had improved the range of the Shahab-3 to 2,000km. In a military parade in September, Iran introduced the Ghadr missile, which has a range of 1,800km.

Iran is believed to be developing the Shahab-4 missile, thought to have a reach of up to 3,000km, putting much of Europe in its range.

The US administration often cites the potential missile threat from Iran as a reason to develop missile defence systems based in the Czech Republic and Poland.

The US is pushing for a third round of UN sanctions against Iran in a long-running dispute over Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme. The US, backed by France and Britain, suspect Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons programme - a charge Iran strenuously denies.

Iran has said it would target US interests in the region if it came under attack. While vastly inferior to the US militarily, Iran has threatened to disrupt gulf oil shipping routes in the event of an American strike.

Iran's navy commander, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, said at the weekend that his force would take delivery of a new submarine this week ahead of naval exercises planned for February in the strait of Hormuz.

"We have no plans to close the Strait of Hormuz but we are ready to carry out any operation so as to guard our interests," Sayyari told an Iranian newspaper.

"The navy is monitoring all regional movements by the enemy and will not allow any wrong moves to be taken," he said.


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Iran Builds Missile With Range to Reach Israel, U.S. Forces
By Ladane Nasseri

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Iran said it constructed a missile capable of traveling 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles), a range that takes in Israel's major cities and U.S. bases in the Middle East.

``The construction of the Ashura missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers,'' is ``part of the Defense Ministry's accomplishments,'' the state-run Fars news agency today quoted Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar as saying.

Iran's addition to its missile arsenal is likely to increase tensions between the government in Tehran and the Bush administration. Iran is defying United Nations Security Council demands to suspend a nuclear program that the U.S. and several major European countries suspect is cover for the development of a bomb.

The U.S. government, while insisting that it wants a diplomatic solution to the dispute, hasn't ruled out military measures to force Iran to abandon the program, which Iran says is designed to generate electricity. The government in Tehran has threatened to retaliate if it is attacked.

The U.S. has also repeatedly accused Iran, the second- biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, of fomenting violence in neighboring Iraq by training and financing insurgents there and stoking violence between the country's Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities, charges denied by Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration has been marked by a hardening of the country's anti-U.S. stance, and he has prompted international condemnation with speeches in which he reiterated Iran's official opposition to Israel's existence.

Shahab-3 Missile

Iran's military said in November last year that it successfully test-fired its Shahab-3 missile, which the country said had a 2,000-kilometer range. During a Sep. 22 military parade though, an announcer said the Shahab-3 had a 1,300- kilometer range, Agence-France Presse reported at the time. Iran also showed on that day a missile named Ghadr-1, with a range of 1,800 kilometers, the news agency said.

Ashura is for Shiites a day of mourning in commemoration of the death in battle of Imam Hossein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Tehran at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated: November 27, 2007 05:47 EST

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a520vMsWFHDI&refer=us

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Iran Says It's Produced New Missile
2 hours ago, 11/27/2007 08:00

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it has manufactured a new missile with a range of 1,200 miles capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases in the Mideast, the official news agency IRNA reported.

Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the Ashoura missile was produced by factories affiliated with the ministry, according to IRNA. He did not say whether Iran has test fired the missile or has plans to do so.

Many of Iran's weapons development claims have not been independently verified.

Iran launched an arms development program during its war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has reportedly produced its own jets, torpedoes, radar-avoiding missiles, tanks and armored personnel carriers.

Recent weapons development has been motivated by Iran's standoff with the U.S. over its controversial nuclear program, which Washington claims is a cover for weapons development — a charge Tehran denies.

Iran is known to possess a medium-range ballistic missile known as the Shahab-3, with a range of at least 800 miles. In 2005, Iranian officials said they had improved the range of the Shahab-3 to 1,200 miles, equal to the new missile announced Tuesday.

Najjar did not elaborate about the differences between the Ashoura missile and the Shahab-3 missile.

In September during a military parade, Iran introduced the Ghadr missile, which has a range of 1,119 miles.

Experts also believe Iran is developing the Shahab-4 missile, thought to have a range between 1,200 and 1,900 miles, that would enable it to hit much of Europe.

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